Durham College

Centre for Food


Durham College


Whitby, Ontario

Design Team

Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
Gow Hastings Architect (Architect)


Photography Credit: JRS and The Flat Side of Design

The Centre for Food (CFF), located on the Whitby Campus of Durham College, accommodates 900 students studying in the fields of culinary, hospitality, tourism, agriculture and horticulture.

A new 36,000 square foot building designed by Gow Hastings Architects was opened in September 2013. The project followed the field-to-fork approach, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food. The vision included production of local food for local consumers, which incorporated a landscape designed to be visually engaging and educational to both students and visitors.

The extensive CFF landscape included: agricultural crops for research and new product development, demonstration plots, residential orchards, green houses, a green roof, an apiary, a pollinator habitat, an outdoor cooking demonstration area and landscape features including a network of walkways, a sustainable irrigation strategy, and a lighting strategy.

Janet Rosenberg & Studio worked with Durham College and the Centre for Food to design and realize this functional learning laboratory landscape. The project was built over the spring and summer of 2014.

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